Mauritius to put captured pirates on trial in deal with UK -
June 2, 2012
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Agreement helps overcome obstacles to putting pirates on trial after they are captured by foreign navies in Indian Ocean Mauritius has said it will receive and try suspected pirates captured by British forces patrolling the Indian Ocean under an agreement with the United Kingdom. The Indian Ocean nation's prime minister, Navinchandra Ramgoolam, is expected to sign a memorandum of understanding in London this weekend, helping overcome one of the hurdles to cracking down on the wave of piracy that has hit international shipping. Foreign navies trying to counter piracy off Somalia are often reluctant to take suspects to their own countries because they either lack the jurisdiction to put them on trial, or fear the pirates may seek asylum. Suspected pirates detained on the high seas are released after only brief detention because of the governments' reluctance to bring them to trial. "[The] cabinet has agreed to a memorandum of understanding on the conditions of transfer of suspected...